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post #221 of 408
Regarding the attempt to sort Intel SSDs by generation, etc, I agree with everything rui-no-onna has said. While it would be nice to do it as Generation 2, Generation 3, etc, the main problem is Intel did not stick with the "G1" and "G2" naming of their SSDs, so it's simply not official with their newer products. Plus Intel SSDs have gone off in several directions.

Also, reviewers talked about waiting to see the "third generation" Intel SSDs in the past, but when Intel did not produce a new SSD controller, the "generation" nomenclature really disappeared.

Now we have "Series" of Intel SSDs, which have turned out to be pretty general as well. Yes, the 5 or 500 series have been Intel's top performing client (consumer) SSDs. The 320 Series (or the G3 that wasn't) picked up on the "Mainstream" label also used with most of the G2's. The 510 series really ended the hope for a true G3 Intel SSD (Intel 6Gb/s controller.)

Then they had the 311 series, and then the 520 series, and now the 330 series, which is far more closely related to the 520 than it is the 320, besides Intel calling it a Mainstream model. The only clear difference between the 520 and 330 series is the latter uses a slightly lower grade of NAND chips, and the firmware seems to be different.

The Enterprise targeted SSD 710 has been available since late 2011 or early 2012. It is the replacement for the X25-E enterprise SSD. It uses the same controller as the 320, and uses special MLC-HET NAND. A 200GB 710 also actually has 320GB of NAND, so it has over 60% over-provisioning, not something you see in client SSDs.

The latest Intel SSD 910, an enterprise drive using the PCIe interface, is in a class by itself, with a price to match, $4000.

IMO, it's better to not stray from Intel's designation, and no other SSD manufacture uses a generation type naming convention for their products. You wouldn't think it would be difficult to classify Intel's SSD products over the past three or four (?) years, but it really is not simple. It could be worse, like classifying all their CPUs. wink.gif
post #222 of 408
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Anyone got some benches for 2x or 3x X25-M G2 RAID 0?
Will be getting another one and want to try it out RAIDed smile.gif

Sure thing, glad to see someone interested in the old G2's, IMO the SSD that really started the change from HDDs to SSDs. I've got four of them, all still working fine, although they have taken on supporting roles instead of being the star of the show (except the one being torture tested in the kids PC... that is the ultimate test!)

For reference, one Intel X25-M 80GB SSD, with the original firmware (an above average score for this SSD):



First, two Intel X25-M 80GB G2 SSDs, RAID 0 on an ICH10R SATA II chipset, WBC enabled, 128K Stripe size:



Note how good the scaling in the sequential speeds is, and almost everything increases substantially, except for 4K reads, but that is normal for any SSD, even today. Two of these SSDs in RAID 0 as an OS drive will perform fairly close to a single small SATA III SSD in read speeds

Next, same SSDs in the same PC, everything the same except 16K Stripe size:



Intel recommends the smaller stripe size with SSDs, but the results are a tradeoff.

Finally, same PC, everything the same, except three X25-M 80GB G2 SSDs, 16K Stripe:



I used the small stripe size to enhance write speeds a bit, at the price of some read speed.

I used the three drive volume as an OS drive for six months on a PC, worked fine, no problems at all. The socket 775 board died before the SSDs did!
post #223 of 408
I just ordered an Intel 330 240GB $139.99 buy.com AR and $10 new user sign up. I have a 64GB Crucial M4 should I pull it and do a reinstall or just use the intel a secondary?
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post #224 of 408
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I just ordered an Intel 330 240GB $139.99 buy.com AR and $10 new user sign up. I have a 64GB Crucial M4 should I pull it and do a reinstall or just use the intel a secondary?

Nice find. In for 2. Either way would work just fine although if I were in your shoes, I'd probably keep the smaller Crucial m4 as a dedicated OS drive (plus some small programs) and use the Intel 330 as a secondary drive for games and such.
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post #225 of 408
I've ordered Intel 330, and recived sealed box, but SSD case looks second hand. I mean, upper part is 'shiny-new', but bottom looks worn, or like it was refubrished.
Should I return it and try to change? Or is it intel's normal practice to reuse SSD cases?
post #226 of 408
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I've ordered Intel 330, and recived sealed box, but SSD case looks second hand. I mean, upper part is 'shiny-new', but bottom looks worn, or like it was refubrished.
Should I return it and try to change? Or is it intel's normal practice to reuse SSD cases?

That's par for course for Intel SSDs. Intel just doesn't bother prettying them up.
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post #227 of 408
They don't care that much ?




I wouldn't expect that from intel wink.gif
post #228 of 408
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They don't care that much ?


I wouldn't expect that from intel wink.gif

It's an unnecessary expense. Given their goal when they entered the SSD market was to drive prices down, it's understandable why they wouldn't pay a lot of attention to drive aesthetics particularly when it will just be hidden inside a case. Check out Intel SSD reviews and most will show a back casing similar to yours. I don't think the case is re-used or anything. I just don't think they bother to polish it in the first place. I have 9 Intel SSDs and all of them look like that. Well, there are variations to the discoloration and pattern but that's more or less the state they're all in.
Edited by rui-no-onna - 8/30/12 at 7:30am
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post #229 of 408
So I guess it's from Aluminum machining...
Ok, in that case it's going into PC wink.gif

EDIT: AS SSD test of one ugly Intel 330 60GB wink.gif



A bit low score but system is:
- E8400 @ stock
- Gigabyte with Intel P43 chipset
- DDR 2 @ 800 MHz
- SATA2 (newest intel drivers)

cheers!
Edited by truly - 8/31/12 at 4:32am
post #230 of 408
Just got around to submitting the rebate for the Intel 330 240GB. Intel has made the process really painless. Instead of having to cut up and snail mail the original UPC from the box, they now allow sending a scan/picture as attachment instead. Not sure how other manufacturers handle their rebates but I have to say, kudos to Intel for this one.
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